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Wednesday, 23 November 1910


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Of course, the position is rendered more complicated by the fact that the honorary Minister is seeking to further amend a Bill which is intended to amend the principal Act. No doubt, it is quite easy for the honorable gentleman, with the aid of the typewritten sheets which have been supplied to him by the Department, to understand what he desires to effect ; but I confess that I have experienced some difficulty in ascertaining the real position. Indeed, in order to discover the effect of his proposal, I had to sit down and write out the clause as it will appear if we adopt the amendments which have been proposed. I wish to ask the Minister whether the net result of those amendments will be to per mit of the importation of axles at 5 per cent, under the general Tariff, and free under the Tariff for the United Kingdom ?


Senator Findley - Yes.


Senator MILLEN - Then under what item are they included to-day ?


Senator Findley - Under item 380c


Senator MILLEN - To what duty are they subject to-day?


Senator Findley - To 35 per cent, under the general Tariff, and 30 per cent, under the Tariff for the United Kingdom.


Senator MILLEN - And the Government now propose to admit them at 5 per cent, under the general Tariff, and to make them free under the Tariff for the United Kingdom ?


Senator Findley - Yes.







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